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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Brisket Style Slow Cooker Roast {Fabulous Food Friday #154}

So, this recipe title might be a little confusing but I promise I'll clear it up for you.

Here in Texas, brisket is one of the most popular cuts of meat.  It's something that you can smoke really slow for hours on end and can be life changing in one bite!  Brisket is super moist (and fatty hence it being so moist!) and very, very tender.  It's typically cooked in a smoker, which unless you live in the South, you probably don't own one.  Heck!  I live in the South and we don't have a smoker.  Also being in Texas where everything is as big AS the state itself, it's hard to come by a small slab of it for our little family.  When we lived in Utah, it was really difficult to even find it in the grocery stores.  I'm guess that's going to be typical for most of you living in other states (or other countries).

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That's how my version of a friend's brisket recipe came about!  I was craving brisket and didn't want to have to hassle with buying and cutting down a huge piece of brisket.  I used a rump/pot roast instead.  It's perfect for practically anything...Sunday dinner, football parties, summer BBQ's, making sandwiches out of or serving it with fabulous sides.  The best part is, it takes no time to prepare and cooks overnight while you sleep!
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Brisket Style Slow Cooker Roast
Printable Version

4-5 lb Pot Roast
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP garlic powder
2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP dry mesquite seasoning
1/2 bottle liquid mesquite smoke

Place roast in crock pot/slow cooker.  In a small bow, combine brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, pepper, salt and dry mesquite seasoning (I use McCormick's).  Rub over entire roast.  Pour half of the bottle of liquid smoke around the roast.
Cover with lid and cook on low for 12 hours.  Using two forks, break roast into smaller pieces and leave in juices until ready to serve.

This could be combined with your favorite BBQ sauce and served on sandwiches.  

Monday, February 10, 2014

DIY Chalkboard Bunting

Sometimes I wish I lived in a house full of girls.  Then I could leave this adorable bunting up all year long and not just during the month of February where I can justify having hearts and oodles of pink and sparkly decorations!

{Pictures taken with my phone!  
I know...not blog worthy, but I just love the ease of it all!}

I created this bunting specifically with my chalkboard in mind.  Have I told you how much I luuuve my chalkboard?  I'm going to have to share my tutorial on that soon!  Don't mind the egg shaped oval!  It took me too long to free hand that design and when I looked at it from a distance (when I was all done) I wasn't about to go and attempt to fix it!  But it's still dang cute! I found my graphic inspiration HERE



Back to this bunting...I love how simple and easy it was.  I picked up some heart shaped doilies last year from Target's $ Spot and held on to them until I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for. 

This was a custom size so I'll just give you basics of what you need to do when creating your own. 

Here's what you'll need...
Multiple papers in different patterns and colors
Heart shaped doilies
Clear liquid adhesive
Ribbon
Thread
Sewing Machine

Here's what to do...
1.  Cut pattern paper into 4x5 rectangles, cutting a slight dove tail into one end.
2.  Using a small amount of adhesive, glue one doilie to the center of the pattern paper.
3.  Measure the the length of where you want to hang your banner and add about 10-12 more inches to that number to cut your ribbon
4.  With a straight stitch, starting about 5 inches into your ribbon, sew each of your papers (leaving about 1/4 of an inch between each one) onto your ribbon.  Your ribbon should be on the back side of each rectangle. 


I loved it so much that I created a second one for my front entryway that I originally shared with you HERE.


This post has been linked to - Tip Junkie,

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough + Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cookies {Fabulous Food Friday #153}

Yesterday when I said I didn't want to overwhelm you with two fabulous recipes in one post today, I guess I forgot that I was going to post two recipes anyways.  Ooops!  I hope you'll forgive me as you drool over these next pictures like I did!  And you can't have one recipe without the other so they are kind of like one, right?

The first is a combination of two recipes that I made my own.  I altered some things here and there and am super pleased with how it turned out.  Who needs plan ol' sugar cookies when you can have chocolate sugar cookies?  These almost have a brownie like texture to them.  That's code for - they're extra great!  


Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
Printable Recipe
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

1 cup real butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
powdered sugar for rolling

In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed.  Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  *This helps it to combine and get any lumps out of the cocoa.  On medium speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar mixture.  Mix until well combined, but not over mixed.  The dough will be real sticky.

Place a large piece of plastic wrap on a clean, flat counter surface.  Scoop out dough onto plastic wrap.  Using the plastic, shape the dough into a log form.  Cover completely with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 6 hours or freezer for 4 hours or overnight.

Before baking, let the dough thaw for about 30-40 minutes on the counter.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Divide dough in half.  Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a flat, clean surface and some on a rolling pin.  This will help the dough not stick.  Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Cut out with cookie cutters.  Place on a ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.         


These chocolate cookies are just delicious on their own.
Remember when I said they tasted like brownies?
Yeah.  I know!

What if they got even that much better?  Like, iced with my Strawberry Buttercream Frosting? With Valentines coming up and everyone getting fancy with their dipped strawberries...or even stuffed dipped strawberries, this is such a fun twist from the holiday norm.
 

You could go even one step further and drizzle each cookie with melted chocolate!  Any treat drizzled with chocolate already just seems to taste better just looking at it.  I really hope you love these as much as I do!
Keep scrolling for the recipe...


Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cookies
Printable Version

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe, above
Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Frost each cookie with enough frosting to cover top.  Using a fork, drizzle melted chocolate onto each frosted cookie.  Let the chocolate set for 2 hours and serve. 


This recipe has been linked up to - Whipperberry, Tatertots and Jello, Six Sisters Stuff, Tip Junkie, Mandy's Recipe Box, The Best Blog Recipes,

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

That's right.
I said strawberry, buttercream, and frosting in the same sentence!

I was a busy little bee yesterday creating a recipe that I've had in my mind for some time now.  And this frosting is only the half of it!  I wanted to split it up between today and tomorrow to build the excitement of it all (okay, that was a little dramatic)!  Basically, I didn't want tomorrow's recipe post to be too overwhelming with two to-die-for recipes.  You might go into sugar shock.  It's the perfect Valentine's Day treat your whole family will love!  


Soooo, this frosting recipe can definitely be used as a dip.  I only share that knowledge with you because when taste testing it, I not only used a spoon (multiple times) but,  graham crackers,  marshmallows and even  a Hershey's Kiss.  Don't judge.  When you make it, you'll be searching your pantry for dippable items, because a spoon gets boring after a while! 


Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Printable Version

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
4-5 cups powdered sugar*
1/2 cup fresh strawberry puree*

In a large bowl, beat together butter and vanilla.  Slowly add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until well well blended.   *I only made mine with 4 cups powdered sugar and it was pretty soft.  Add another cup if you need it to be more stiff.

Add in strawberry puree and mix until combined.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.  Anything you frost with this will need to be stored in the refrigerator because of the fresh strawberry puree.

*How to make fresh strawberry puree
Wash and hull about 8 medium strawberries.  Place in a food processor or blender and pulse until pureed.  


This recipe has been linked up to - Whipperberry, Tatertots and Jello, Six Sisters Stuff, Tip Junkie, Mandy's Recipe Box, The Best Blog Recipes

Monday, February 03, 2014

Valentine Vignette (Part 2)

I love a good free printable.  There are so many great ones out there that sometimes it's hard to choose.  So why not just print them all?!  Okay, maybe not all of them, but in this case I printed a bunch that I liked (you can find which ones I used HERE) and create a whole wall with them.

I shared with you my advent calendar that I made this past December and I just love how it took up some wall space on an awkward wall in our little entryway.   


You can't really tell from my phone picture, but I just simply pushed in some pins on either side of the wall and then tied red and white baker's twine to each pin creating a line.  Then I just used basic clothes pins to hang the bags.  Hopefully next year I will think ahead and embellish those little clothes pins! 

I kept up the twine line because I wanted to create something super fun for Valentine's Day.  And I think I did! 



Here's a view of our little entryway.  It's the most decorated part of our house because it's the space people see the most when they are standing at the door. 


I should go back and glitter or washi tap those little clothes pins, but whatev's for this year!  It's still dang adorable!  I re-sized the printables to be 5x7's and printed them two to a page on white card stock.  Then I rounded the corners with a punch.  Super simple, right?! 

I created the "Be Mine" banner (with Ian's help of course) for me to share with you!  It's white lettering on a charcoal background.  I did end up glittering the dot in the letter i to spice it up a bit.  I'm loving it!  It could definitely be hung on it's own or placed in a fun grouping.



While I'm figuring out the whole download-documents-from-my-own-site thing, just right click on the image below, save as and print!